President of Philippines expresses willingness to receive Rohingya refugees

MANILA, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of Philippines said “genocide” was taking place in Myanmar and he was willing to accept Rohingya refugees fleeing from it, though Europe should help too, the Reuters has reported.

The United Nations and rights groups said some 700,000 people, most of them Rohingya, have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh since August last year when Rohingya militant attacks on the security forces which sparked a military crackdown.

The United Nations and several Western countries have said that the Myanmar action constitutes ethnic cleansing but Myanmar rejects that. It said that its security forces have been conducting legitimate operations against “terrorists”.

President Duterte, in a wide-ranging speech to farmers and agriculture officials at the presidential palace, said, “I really pity the people there.”, “I’m willing to accept refugees. Rohingyas, yes. I will help but we should split them with Europe.”

He also mentioned the inability of the international community to resolve problems in Myanmar.

Source: Emirates News Agency